#Collaboreads For JULY ?
The random criteria for July’s link-up:
>A book with someone’s name in the title. <
Meetup with R.E.A.D.S. reviews on July 27th at Amber
‘s and Rachel
The hunt for my July #collaboreads is ON !
and now … resolved – perfectly synced with #Paris in July !
[#BigBookSummer + #20booksofsummer]
Have you found your next #collaboreads? Are you ready to join the club?
Here’s where to signup.
My July Choice? LISETTE’S LIST
From Susan Vreeland, bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war. . .
In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband, André, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for André’s grandfather Pascal. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But as she soon discovers, the hilltop town is rich with unexpected pleasures.
Pascal once worked in the nearby ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; while selling his pigments in Paris, he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life, allowing her to see his small collection of paintings and the Provençal landscape itself in a new light. Inspired by Pascal’s advice to “Do the important things first,” Lisette begins a list of vows to herself (#4. Learn what makes a painting great). When war breaks out, André goes off to the front, but not before hiding Pascal’s paintings to keep them from the Nazis’ reach. – publisher synopsis
Here’s my R.E.A.D.S review ~
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of?
The author’s ability to create atmosphere. Both location and relational.
The entire aspect of French village life. The relational exchanges. Caring and concern of villagers for each other that increased when war arrived on their doorstep. The emotional losses of relationships from that war.
And the insights into famous artists’ lives.
How did you relate to/care for the characters?
I especially cared for the aging Pascal as Lisette was too young to grasp the value of the perspectives of his life and the personal connections he’d made with artists during his career. He was struggling to share valuable conversations of historical import while she was distracted with her own world of the moment. Only later, as she matured, did she realize her loss
which could not be recovered.
Many characters intrigued me with their provincial manners and actions in this richly populated story. A definite contrast between Parisienes and provincials, well drawn by the author.
What are your thoughts on the plot line and twists and turns?
Many twists and turns presented in this story from peace to war and back to peace. Plus relational twists and turns that evoked many emotions in me as I read. I do feel it could have been shorter, but, true to life in the act of taking time when we prefer instant gratification.
What other books are like this one?
Many books set in war era yet only a few coming to mind dealing with the destruction of valuable art – Monuments Men and Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman.
Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life/the news right now?
Perhaps in memories of a previous role as caregiver to family members
and my own responses in comparison.
You know you judged this book by the cover. > 🙂
What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel?
The aged paper presents the vintage nature of the novel. The two pictures are strong references to story content – one being a portrait of a main character, the other picturing the rural life that comes to mean so much to the Parisiene main character.
And the font and layout of the pages?
Unusual cover font and vintage type used for content add to the era of the book. Adding the dates and years to each chapter intro kept me grounded as the story progressed over so many years.
How many out of five do you give this book? 5*s an excellent novel!
Would you recommend this book to a friend?
Definitely recommending to any who love historical fiction and discovering new insights to war era life.
Especially excellent for those readers intrigued with France.
#Collaboreads For August ?
The random criteria for next month’s link-up:
The topic for August is “A book set in the summertime” .. Amber and Rachel invite us to find a book, read it throughout August, and
link up on August 31!